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We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

A Voice in the Process

by: Josh Caballero

Everyone likes to feel included. Whether it’s being a part of the team or just  being in the know for an inside joke, we all enjoy when we’re a part of something. But sometimes, being a part of something is about more than just belonging, it’s about having a voice in the process.

A few months ago, a new sign popped up in the neighborhood that made several residents feel like they weren’t a part of important decisions being made in their community. The sign read 18th Street Liquor Store and for many residents, seeing this felt like years of previous efforts to improve their neighborhood were erased by a single crane lifting the sign upon the new storefront. Perhaps underscoring this even more was the fact that residents were not informed about the new development. There wasn’t a public notification sent out, there was no warning from the City, or any indication of what the business might be. Residents were excluded from the decision-making process.

However, one thing I’ve learned from residents in North Waco, is that they continuously show up for one another and their community. Almost immediately after the sign went up, we started receiving calls and emails at our office from residents raising concerns about the new development. After hosting a zoom meeting with over a dozen residents, it became clear that they wanted to let their voices be heard. They began a letter writing campaign to let TABC know about their concerns surrounding the new store and reached out to their neighbors to do the same. They reached out to city officials and their city council representative to express their concerns about the notification process. Since then, over 30 letters from residents have been sent to the local TABC office, editorials have been written in the paper, and the City has implemented a new process to ensure residents are notified of development like this in the future and are allowed an opportunity to have their voices heard.

This is what it looks like for neighbors to work together to raise their voices. This is what it means to belong to a community.

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Grassroots Community Development2 days ago
Are you a homeowner in the City of Waco and have some leaks in your roof? Well, Grassroots may be able to help. We are in Phase VIII of the Grassroots Community Development Roof Repair Program for City of Waco Residents. These services are supported through a grant from the City of Waco. This program is at no cost to low-income families who meet the application qualifications. The Open Enrollment and Application process deadline is November 2nd. So fill out your form NOW.
Please click on the link below to print our application or stop by Grassroots office to pick up an application. Our office address is: 1624 Colcord Ave, Monday- Friday 8-5pm
For more information, please call Project Manager Brian at 254-235-7358 ext 210.
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We also want families to be aware of the dangers of lead-based paint. Please read the following handout about the issues with lead-based paint in your home. Check out this link for more detailed information.
Grassroots Community Development
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Grassroots is proud to introduce you to the new members of our board:
Crystal Diaz Espinoza is the Director of Enrollment, Career & Alumni Services at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She has a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Baylor University and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. She comes to Grassroots with 12 years of experience working in areas of enrollment management, leadership and professional development, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Crystal also serves as a race equity consultant for Waco Foundation which helps to bring together community leaders to engage in race equity efforts within their organizations and the greater Waco community. More importantly, she is married to a native Wacoan and is the mother to a beautiful 2-year-old. In her spare time, Crystal is a BIG sports fan and of course loves to cheer on and support all Baylor Bears sports. She and her family also enjoy going to the Waco Farmers Market every weekend and supporting the continued growing number of local businesses as much as possible.
Jud Griffis is a 4th generation Waco resident. He was born at the old Hillcrest hospital and graduated high school from Reicher. Jud received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Baylor. His father has also served on the Grassroots board. He has been a full time real estate investor for over 20 years. Jud is married and he and his wife have 2 daughters and a son. His experience and expertise is in financial analysis and general business acumen. He has served on and chaired many boards; Compassion Ministries Board, Waco Building Standards Commission, Waco Historical Preservation Commission, and was the Waco Montessori School Treasurer. When Jud is not analyzing numbers or researching investments, he enjoys mountain biking in Cameron Park with his son and horseback riding with his daughters.
Grassroots is delighted to have Crystal and Jud become members of the board and look forward to working with them.
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